Saturday, September 10, 2005

9/10/05

COLOR COMMENTARY: I was glad that this week the White House decided to strike back by having the First Lady denounce as "disgusting" any claims that President Bush was a racist. I was also pleased, and surprised, that last week on Fox News Sunday panelist Juan Williams said basically the same thing. He said the President and the Administration were definitely not anti-black. It was encouraging to hear such clarity and honesty from a Lefty that I normally disagree with. Mrs. Bush and Mr. Williams' words were in response to criticism started by rapper/musician Kanye West. During an NBC telethon to raise money for Katrina victims West ad-libbed that President Bush didn't care about black people. Other Hollywood celebrities of color, including Don Cheadle and Oprah Winfrey, have had harsh things to say about the government's handling of the Katrina disaster. And they've been joined by Celine Dion, Sean Penn, Pierce Brosnan and others who have been quick to bash Bush. This is an old and tiring Hollywood game. In the process of sharing their "wisdom" with us, they alienate half their audience. Sure, it's frustrating that they feel this way, but even more frustrating that they're given a platform to share their views, as if they are more important than yours or mine. Attitudes may be shifting. West reportedly got booed during his performance on opening night of the NFL season. Maybe responses like those Laura Bush and Juan Williams gave will continue to put a muzzle on the "Bush is a racist", "it's all Bush's fault" mantra. One can only hope.

For more on the media, please visit my companion blog Professor Media Matters.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

9/9/05

FRUSTRATING FRAMEWORK: It frustrates me that the MSM ignores stories, or angles of a story that don't fit with it's agenda. If a story bashes a Christian or a conservative or a Republican (and yes, you can be all 3 at the same time), then you can bet it will get wide play. Senator Trent Lott's comments that cost him his Majority Leader position is a prime example. On the other hand, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd said the N-word on Fox News and used to be in the KKK, but no one is forcing him to pay a price for his actions. If it bashes a liberal or a non-Christian or a Democrat, then in my opinion, it is less likely to get reported. Having said that, I wonder what the MSM will do when the End Times are near. The Bible (which, as a Christian, I believe) states that there will be signs and wonders that the end of the world is approaching. My guess is that even though those signs/miracles may make for wonderful visuals, they won't get much air time or coverage. Or they at least won't be portrayed in such a way as to validate biblical prophecy. Because the MSM has too much invested in their anti-Christian, celebrate diversity, pro-choice, the environment is a god mantra to spend time on something that refutes or embarrasses their agenda. For example, the Air America scandal is significant and the impact that it could have on a possible Senatorial campaign from liberal radio talker Al Franken is newsworthy. But you haven't heard much about it in the news, just from a few select newspapers and hard-working bloggers. If the MSM had existed in its current form back in Old Testament days, would we have seen many images of the parting of the Red Sea? My guess is that it would get limited exposure, and any coverage it did get would focus on the environmental damage it did to the Eqyptian water cricket. (I just made that up, I don't know if there is such a cricket but it sounds good to me.) They would intentionally miss the obvious point, that they are witnessing a miracle, so that they could spin the story into the mold of their philosophical framework. AARGH!


Because this post covers both politics and the media, it is cross-posted on my pop culture blog, Professor Media Matters.

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Monday, September 05, 2005

9/5/05

BLAME BUSH?: As the media and the Leftists continue to blame President Bush and the Federal Government for everything involving Hurricane Katrina, a number of center-right bloggers are offering advice to the President and his administration. Hugh Hewitt feels like this is not the time for the administration to engage in defending itself, feeling like those on the Left are making a fool of themselves and a more appropriate time will come later, after more rescue progress has been made. Powerline on the other hand is encouraging the President to fight back now, before the media and the Leftists so taint public opinion that some of their criticism begins to stick. Honestly, I really don't know which suggestion is right. I tend to get too upset when the President is criticized. I admire him so much, I may not be able to be objective. I was surprised at how much criticism he got yesterday from the panel on Fox News Sunday. I to see that happen. (FEMA Director Michael Brown was especially tarred and feathered by the panel.) My gut instinct is to defend the President, so I guess I wish he would do a little more of that himself. After all, Mayor Nagin and Gov. Blanco did a horrible job managing this disaster relief and recovery effort. And President Bush is the one who urged Gov. Blanco to order a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans. She hadn't even gotten to that point yet. So, it seems to me the Bush administration has every right to deflect the criticism elsewhere, even if a bizarre Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) has threatened against the President if he does so. Let's remember this was a HUGE natural disaster. Not everything can be anticipated or easily handled when Mother Nature decides to take control. And while some things went poorly, some things didn't. And the President is not the first person in line to take criticism for mistakes made. Let's start with Louisiana officials and work are way up.

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

9/4/05

DISASTROUS DILEMMA: I have been trying all week to understand the looting and the violence that occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck. I have found the behavior to be so discouraging that it has rattled me emotionally. During a national and natural disaster like this was, we need to pull together, not tear one another apart. After 9/11/01, the country came together in a patriotic fervor. We didn't hear media reports of New Yorkers looting or committing violent crimes against one another. Maybe it is because we knew early on this was terrorism. We had a common enemy to fight. We had to plan to take our aggression out on them, so the need to attack one another was unnecessary. But with a natural disaster, you cannot attack Mother Nature. And with no common enemy to blame, we resort to debasing ourselves by striking out at one another. I don't know, it is just a theory. Or maybe it is just that it was a different catastrophe in a different place at a different time and involving different people. I just wish it had never happened. I agree with Rich Lowry and Peggy Noonan who both this week proclaimed the looting and violence as disgraceful behavior.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005

9/2/05

I LOVE MY PRESIDENT: And I am not ashamed to say it. In fact I am proud to say it. And I do mean love. He is a godly man. He is a strong man. He is a wise man. He is a leader. He is an example for me to follow. He knows when to fight back and he knows when to turn the other cheek. He's not perfect, no man is. But he has been a consistent, strong, moral leader. I am so grateful to God that he is our President. We do not know how lucky we are. It breaks my heart to see him insulted, lampooned and disgraced so much in the media and the general public. It actually brings me to tears. And it makes me angry. I really don't know what else to do but to pray for him and publicly admit how much I admire and respect him. I have no doubt that President George W. Bush is one of the most maligned men in modern history. And I do not feel any of it is deserved. Sure, President Clinton took a lot of heat, too. But let's remember that much of the pressure and bad press that Clinton received was because of his own poor choices and immorality. He brought much of it on himself. George W. Bush deserves our respect, admiration and thanks.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

9/1/05

DON'T LET THE LOOTERS WIN: Amidst the depressing devastation, the situation that angers and hurts me the most is the looting situation in the South. It is so discouraging. This behavior is so destructive in a time when we as Americans must pull together to sacrifice and survive.

Continue to pray. The Mrs. and I are joining in the blogosphere's Katrina relief efforts by giving to the American Red Cross via our local newstalk radio station, KFBK. Please join is in supporting the American Red Cross or the appropriate charity of your choice.

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